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Q5: What are some useful to know baseball card collecting terms ?

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Certificate Of Authenticity - a document that is used to verify the legitimacy of a collectible. In reality, it is worthless, unless it shares a counterfeit- proof serially-numbered hologram that is attached to the item, and the certificate bears the signature of a notary public, or written verification by the manufacturer.

Common - any card which is not short-printed, an insert, a bonus card, or has an insertion ratio. In short, the cards that comprise the manufacturer’s basic set.

Condition - the physical appearance of a card/collectible. Centering, corner wear, photo clarity, edges, the presence of foreign material, signs of misuse are the critical components. Along with rarity/scarcity, it is a major factor in determining the value of a card or collectible.

Crease - an obvious paper wrinkle defect usually caused by bending the card [i.e.- the result of being tortured on a rear-wheel bicycle spoke during the early ‘50s and ‘60s].

Die-Cut - an insert/parallel card that differs from the basic card by a process of the manufacturer "cutting" portions of the card revealing a special design. Recent issues may also be individually and serially-numbered.

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1977 Topps Cloth Stickers

As the 1977 baseball season was winding down, Topps decided we needed more cards and released a baseball card test issue called "1977 Topps Cloth Stickers". The 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers set was made up of (73) cards, (55) cloth stickers of the 1977 season's top players plus (18) checklist/puzzle cards that when joined together formed 9-piece photos of the 1976 American and National League All-Star teams.

The stickers were sold in 15˘ packs with 2 players stickers and 1 checklist/puzzle card per pack; 36 packs per box.

The fronts of the Cloth Stickers were basically the same as the regular issue with most of the photos identical - but there were differences including Nolan Ryan.
LEFT: regular issue;
CENTER: Cloth Sticker;
RIGHT: O-Pee-Chee (from Canada).

The 2˝" by 3˝" stickers were made of a light, sticky-backed cloth with a paper backing listing the player's career highlights and instructions on how to use the cloth sticker.
The backing was easily removed allowing the cloth sticker to be stuck on pretty much everything making them a teacher's favorite. Over the years, stickers may begin to separate from their backing. All 73 stickers & puzzle pieces can be found with either one '*' or two '**' asterisks preceding the copyright notice on the back.
HALL-of-FAMERS (19):   Bench, Blyleven, Brett, Brock, Carew, Carlton, Hunter, Reggie Jackson,
Morgan, Palmer, Perez, Ryan, Schmidt, Seaver, Stargell, Sutton, Winfield, Yastrzemski, Yount
ALSO: Pete Rose and a scarcer Mark Fidrych ROOKIE card !!!
Dave Winfield (last game in 1995) was the last active player with a card in this set.


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1953 Topps Baseball Cards
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The 1953 Topps set is a collection of gorgeous portraits drawn by the leading sports artists of the day. Key cards in the 1953 Topps set include: Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays & Satchel Paige. Satchel Paige had his name spelled incorrectly (2 'L') on the card front.

As with all Topps sets from the 1950's & 1960's, 1953 Topps was issued in series, (#1-85, #86-165, #166-220 & #221-280) with the final series "High Numbers" the least produced, least available and thus the most costly. Topps and Bowman still at war likely accounts for the 6 missing #'s from the High Number series.

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1969 Topps Stamps

Following stints as inserts in 1961 and 1962, stamps finally arrived with their own issue in 1969 ! A nickel for a 12-stamp strip plus a mini album !!!

The 1969 Topps Stamps set contained (240) 1x1-7/16 inch unnumbered stamps with player's photo and name,team & position inside a colored banner. The stamps were released in both horizontal (2 rows of 6) & vertical (2 columns of 6). 1969 Topps Stamps are often confused with Topps' 1974 issue. The 1974 Stamps have ovals rather than banners at bottom and came only in horizontal 12-stamp panels.

To store the stamps, Topps issued a set of 24 mini albums, one for each team. The booklets were the same size as a baseball card and held a complete 10-stamp team set. More fun for kids, the back cover had facsimile autographs of all the players in the team set. The design is nearly identical to the Topps 1969 football 4-in-1 stamp booklets.

The 1969 Topps Stamps set is packed with stars like Pete Rose and tons of Hall-of-Famers including MICKEY MANTLE, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente & many more !!!

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